Easy Does It
By Monica Resinger
Since both my husband and I have family to see at Christmas time, we
time with his family at our house on Christmas Eve and my family at
their house on Christmas day. Since my mom always makes a big
beautiful dinner and we have so much going on at the time, I usually
make a snack buffet table for the Christmas Eve celebration at our
It is very simple and helps keep my stress level down. I can make all
ahead of time and just set the table up later. I don't get fancy with
decorations, but do include a pretty poinsettia tablecloth and pretty
paper plates and napkins. It's now a tradition that everyone looks
because it's easy and provides delicious snacks all day long. The best
is that by using paper plates, there are no dishes or pots and pans to
The only clean up involved is putting away any leftovers, that is, if
Here are a few tips to plan your own snack buffet. When you have time,
out a piece of paper and start writing down some possibilities. Write
recipes that come to mind as you read the following:
~ Trays of things to dip is always popular. I like to put out a veggie
platter with ranch dip (I use the packet of `Uncle Dans' found in the
to make the dip) and an assortment of crackers with my popular recipe
~ A tray of sandwich makings. I load a tray with deli meats and
other sandwich makings such as onion, tomato, pickles, mayonnaise, and
mustard. You might try a tray of club sandwich makings or Reuben
sandwich makings. You can also experiment with different breads such
as party rye or sourdough.
~ Cookies and Candies. Each year I make two or three of our family's
recipes which are included below. What's your family's favorite cookie
~ Beverages. The Irish Cream recipe below served over ice is wonderful
special treat. We also buy pop and beer and this seems to make
everyone happy. You might have a favorite punch, eggnog or hot
buttered rum recipe you'd like to serve.
~ Crunchy things. I always have the Chex mix out.
Don't forget that you can have family members or other guests
This will give you more variety and less work! Just tell them to bring
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (6-ounce) can minced clams, save juice
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
salt to taste
Combine cream cheese and clams. Stir in just enough clam juice to make
consistency for dipping. Add remaining ingredients and thoroughly
Serve or cover and chill. Serve with crackers or chips.
1/4 Box Saltine Crackers
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Butter or Margarine
1 large bag Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a large cookie sheet with aluminum
Grease with butter. Cover with saltine crackers. Bring 1 cup sugar and
butter to a boil & continue to boil for 2 1/2 minutes. Pour over
spread fast. Bake 5-7 minutes. Spread a large bag of chocolate chips
icing. Top with chopped walnuts if desired.
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 2/3 c. Whiskey
1 tsp. instant coffee
2 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
1 tsp Vanilla
Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix on high for 30 seconds.
Refrigerate. Shake well before serving over ice. Should keep for at
least 2 months.
Peanut Butter Bon Bons
1 - 1 Lb Box Powdered Sugar
2 Cubes Margarine (1 cup)
1 Cup Peanut Butter
Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Almond Bark
Mix all ingredients except chocolate. Shape into round balls. Chill.
toothpick & dip into melted chocolate. Chill until set.
I know the recipes aren't for the health conscious, but it's only once
year. Here's to hoping you have an `easy does it' Christmas
celebration this year.
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